+1 The other books are good but this one covers the rudiments, reading, and it is literally the best first book in drums, particularly for snare drum. Obviously there are other books that address specifics well, but this is the one that I think teaches (along with a competent teacher) the learning drummer the basics.My favorite 1st book, and has been for 40+ years, is Haskell Harr Book 1. It's pretty much snare drum only (a little bass) and focuses on getting a solid foundation in counting rhythms.
As a band director I used it with beginners for the first 6 months before moving them into the method books the winds were using. (I was fortunate to be able to meet w/percussion separately while another director took the winds.)
Now retired from band directing, I still use it with my beginning private lesson students.
This was also one of the very first percussion books (or any instrument for that matter) to have a "play-along". You could order an LP (33) and play along with an organ. Those albums are probably collectors items now. I have it....somewhere.
I've been looking for a good intermediate level book to use. What do you use as your second level drumset book after "The Drumset Musician"?I like to start students w/Syncopation for beginning reading and The Drumset Musician for beginning drumset players. Best beginning drumset book I've seen; lots of great material in it and some play along stuff on CD.